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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation; First Edition edition (1 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844157482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844157488
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denzil Cracknell on 27 Aug 2013
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A fascinating insight into the testing of new aircraft, written in a largely non-technical style it makes a darn good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Spiers on 20 Dec 2013
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Excellent book, some unbelievable fascinating stories. Very brave pilots with stories well written. I want to read more of the same.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ghostrider on 21 Nov 2013
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Have to say I am really disappointed in this book. As an aviation enthusiast, was looking forward to reading about life on the cutting edge of aircraft development, narrow escapes etc. etc. This book has none of that. Just a collection of stories by the test pilots themselves who, as you would expect, are the best pilots around but are also used to describing things in a mechanical and almost robotic style with no frills. Not their fault but doesn't make a good read and not even any 'inside' information on the various aircraft that your average aircraft enthusiast wouldn't already know.
Having read this book I think, if an aircraft actually blew up, it would probably be described as "cockpit became a little draughty, noticed aircraft no longer there, pulled rip cord, landed, had a cuppa."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By radiohead on 13 Aug 2013
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Anyone interested in aviation in the modern age will enjoy this. Exciting, seriously understated rendering of exciting moments in the cockpit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luke on 10 Aug 2013
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If you like detailed, often a bit technical, short flying stories, that's the book for you. No extra, no padding, honest!
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Nice collection of test pilot experiences. Would like to have heard more experience from Russian test pilots because the Russian design and test philosophy is different.
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By I. Tattersall on 20 Feb 2014
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We use the word hero for all sorts of ridiculous reasons these days, even for someone kicking a ball into a net, but these guys really were worthy of such a description. They went about their hazardous profession with a minimum of fuss for our benefit. Scary and fascinating just reading about it especially if you know a bit about aerodynamics. Another one that was difficult to put down.
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By BlackDog661 © on 13 Jan 2014
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I chose this rating because it was a great read about "hairy" moments for the "creme de la creme" of pilots, the test pilot. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and would recommend it to aviation fans.
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